Tuesday, 03 April 2012 17:27
The King Blues have announced on the band's official website that they have split up.
The band will release a final album, 'Long Live The Struggle', in July.
The official statement reads:
"It is with great sadness and very heavy hearts that we must inform you, that as of today The King Blues are no more. We are all immensely proud of our body of work. We will be releasing the last The King Blues album entitled 'Long Live The Struggle' as the final chapter. The album will be released in early July 2012.
We simply feel we have taken things as far as they can go and it would be unfair on you if we were to go through the motions like so many other artists do. We all believe strongly in what The King Blues stands for."
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:43
Wolfmother have moved fast to fill the gig-shaped gap in their schedule caused by the cancellation of Sonisphere by confirming a London headline show for the very same day that there were set to wow the Knebworth two hundred with their retrofied hairy antics.
Wolfmother play at the London venue indigO2, which is located in the O2 Arena, on Friday 6 July.
Tickets for the show are on sale at 9am on Thursday 4 April.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:40
Marilyn Manson continues to upend the mainstream with each new release, and his upcoming album 'Born Villain' is about to take that a bit further on April 30th, 2012. Evidence #1, the single, 'No Reflection' http://bit.ly/mansonnoreflectionsoundcloud
The single will be released as white 7" vinyl in the UK and Europe on the 21st April 2012. The vinyl will be strictly limited to 1500 copies and will feature 'No Reflection' (album version) and 'No Reflection' (single edit). The release is in support of Record Store Day.
"The new record put simply has the ambition and determination of how I started making music in the first place," Manson says. "It sounds like the first record in that it's not afraid to do anything. I had to remove myself from my lifestyle and start fresh."
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:37
Northern Ireland thrash metal heroes GAMA BOMB have parted company with founding member and guitarist Luke Graham.
In a statement on the band's Facebook page this morning (Tuesday), Luke said: "After 10 years with Gama Bomb I've decided to call it a day. Many thanks to my best mates in the band for all the good times and mad shit we got up to round the world. Who would've thought 'Project I love Nuclear Assault' would have taken us so far?
"Raised pints and positive gestures to all the great folk I've gotten to work with, the good friends I've made and of course I have to thank the fans for making it all possible, mad bastards every last one."
His replacement is John Roche, a long time friend of the band who has been helping out as a live guitarist over the last year. In the same Facebook posting, the band said:
"We're sure you'll help us welcome him, and to pay tribute to the brilliantness of Luke as a member of the band. This has been a very tough decision for the whole band, but we're now ready to begin making our fourth album with John on board, Luke's blessings and the same formula for thrash we've always had. See you all soon."
For more information, visit the band's official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gamabomb
Meanwhile, another bunch of Northern Irish thrashers, Visceral Attack, have finally got round to issuing their debut album, 'Quick And Severe', through the recently established Belfast-based Punkerama Records label.
The band mark the occasion with a special launch show at Auntie Annie's in Belfast city centre tomorrow night (Wednesday 4 April). Support comes from The Burnt Reynolds, No Matter and BEW. Doors are 8pm and tax is £4. For more information, click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/179236498858985/
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:35
Red Hot Chili Peppers, set to send the UK to sleep with a couple of stadium shows this summer (the supports acts of which we cannot type for fear of slipping into a coma) have offered a five track EP as a free download from the following location:
The EP features two tracks from their latest album and three older ones - picked by drummer Chad Smith - recorded on recent European dates.
The tracklisting is:
1. Look Around
2. Dani California
3. Monarchy Of Roses
4. If You Have To Ask
5. Give It Away
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:32
JOB FOR A COWBOY premiere 'Imperium Wolves' from the the band's forthcoming studio offering, 'Demonocracy'.
Soaked in equal parts misanthropy and naked rage, the nine-track recording tackles a host of political and economic themes including media propaganda, the "war industry" and the staggering debts faced by America.
Produced by Jason Suecof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios, and featuring another intricate and thought-provoking cover design by artist Brent Elliott White, 'Demonocracy' is scheduled for North American release on April 10, 2012 through Metal Blade.
For a taste of the audio destruction to come, check out 'Imperium Wolves' HERE
JOB FOR A COWBOY are currently ravaging stages across North America on the Metal Alliance Tour. The band is joined by The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom, Wretched, and, headliners, Devildriver.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:29
In our favourite broken English press release of the week so far, Swedish outfit Grand Magus have announced the departure of drummer Sebastian Sippola.
"Drummer of Swedish Riff-Lords GRAND MAGUS Sebastian "Seb" Sippola has left the band in the run-up to the recordings of THE HUNT. Job an family preclude him from getting on with his drummer-activitys at Grand Magus. Above all he can't go on tour anymore because of temporally reasons. He leaves the band in close friendship and can't await to finally hear THE HUNT."
The new man behind the drums is Ludwig "Ludde" Witt (SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, FIREBIRD, SHINING).
Sebastian comment to the entrance of Ludwig:
"It took a load off my mind that Ludwig was chosen because he is a friend of mine. By the way, honestly and objective: In my opinion Ludwig is the best replacement for me because he already knows JB and Fox and he exactly knows which demands the drumming at Grand Magus will make on him. They will be a great team and I'm really looking forward to see them live - though I have no idea, how my reaction will be in this situation."
Guitarist and vocalist JB states:
"When Sebastian told us that he wanted to concentrate on his family and thus leave the band, it was a tough blow. How to move forward? I knew only one possible drummer who had the combination of old school rock drumming and metal chops like Sebastian and that's Ludwig Witt who I knew through my tenure in Spiritual Beggars. Me and Ludwig have stayed in touch after I left Beggars and I knew he was busy with other bands so I couldn't really hope that he would be available. But like it was destined to happen Ludwig agreed to do the album and join the band. It's weird, because just like it felt completely natural when Sebastian joined, it feels like Ludwig totally belongs in Magus! Ludwig is an awesome drummer and we are super excited to have him on board. We'll pound out the metal together starting end of May. Prepare for the HUNT!!!!!!!"
"Hi everybody, I'm very happy to announce that I, Ludwig Witt, am the new drummer of Grand Magus. I've known JB for over ten years and I've been a fan of GM since day one so it's great to be on board. At the moment I'm learning all the classic GM songs and I get a huge buzz from playing along to songs like 'Kingslayer' and 'Like The Oar Strikes The Water' so I can't wait to get out and play the stuff live together with the new stuff from our new album the hunt. See you on the road."
'The Hunt' will be released May 25, 2012 via Nuclear Blast.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 14:26
Could it be that Rob Zombie's reimagining of Michael Myers is about to be consigned to the bargain bin already?
While Zombie completes post production work on his forthcoming movie The Lords Of Salem, it has been announced that a major player in the mindless movie world is about to reboot the horror franchise once again and a betting man would edge towards the former White Zombie frontman's reimagining of the timeless John Carpenter classic, Halloween, and its 2009 sequel (which wasn't that bad given how low viewer sights were set before watching) being totally forgotten about, struck from movie history by the demon named Michael Bay.
Yes, Michael Bay, maker of basic blockbusters for basic people, (not satisfied with provoking thousands of nerdiac arrests with the news that his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot would do away with the 'Teenage' and the 'Mutant' and instead feature "Ninja Turtles" from another planet) has snapped up the Halloween/Michael Myers franchise for his Platinum Dunes company.
Platinum Dunes you may remember, but probably don't, have already rebooted Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Amityville Horror and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now they're out to make Michael Myers teen-friendly and utterly forgettable.
Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, responsible for the above reimaginings and the forthcoming Turtles desecration as well as 'originals' like The Unborn, have already been recruited to set the box office alight with a reboot that we wouldn't piss on if it was on fire. Probably.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:08
Multi-platinum American rock band, Counting Crows will be releasing their first new album in over 4 years on 9th April 2012. Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is a collection of songs, both familiar and obscure, interpreted by one of the most soulful and recognizable bands of the past two decades.
Underwater Sunshine is a testament of a band geek-obsessed with music. "There's a million great songs written every day that you discover, and wish your friends could appreciate as much as you do," says singer/songwriter Adam Duritz. "These songs come from bands young and old, stretching from the early 60s to last year. They're all great and will hopefully be heard by a few more people now."
Produced by Counting Crows and Shawn Dealey, Underwater Sunshine features tracks written by artists such as Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Kasey Anderson and The Faces. Each rendition offers an entire spectrum of human emotion, delivered with the conviction and intense honesty the band is known for, and you can hear it right here, right now on Uber Rock via the album stream below.
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:02
The first phase of an exhibition devoted to the late GARY MOORE opens in his native Belfast this week.
The exhibition, at the city's Oh Yeah centre, officially opens on what would have been Moore's 60th birthday - this Wednesday, April 4. It opens to the public the following day.
Curate by Stuart Bailie - a former editor of NME - the exhibition features a host of personal memorabilia donated by the guitarist's family. It includes:
- Moore's black 'quilted' Gibson Les Paul guitar;
- A suit, shirt and shoes, specially commissioned by the tailor Gresham Blake for an Amnesty International event;
- Gold albums, framed magazine covers, signed photos, tour passes, posters and flyers;
- A brass plaque to mark a sold out Hammersmith Odeon show in 2001;
- A mounted brick from Belfast's famous Maritime Hotel, where Moore played some of his first gigs as a teenager, presented to him by the Belfast Blues Society when the building was demolished;
Moore, acclaimed for his prodigious solo work as well as his terms with the likes of Skid Row (the original Dublin version from the late 1960s), Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, The Travelling Wilburys, BB King and George Harrison, was born in Belfast on April 4 1952, and died while on holiday in Spain on February 6 last year.
The exhibition, which is free and will remain open until the end of June, is the first of a series of events being planned by the Oh Yeah centre to mark the legendary guitarist's life and achievements.
For more information on the exhibition, opening hours and so on, visit http://www.ohyeahbelfast.com/
Monday, 02 April 2012 17:23
'Heavy Hearts', a benefit compilation for diabetes that will include rare or previously unreleased tracks from the likes of Michael Monroe, The Black Halos, The Wildhearts, Steve Conte, The Loyalties and Piggy D, is set for release on Friday.
"Earlier this year our friend (and Sorry & The Sinatras/ex-Trashlight Vision drummer) Lenny Thomas was hospitalised with a pretty severe injury to his foot. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse and became further complicated by his pre-existing diabetes and Lenny was hospitalised for quite some time. He's slowly but surely on the mend now but medical bills are piling up and he's likely to lose months of work if he's even able to go back.
So we decided to do something to help out Len with his medical bills and lost wages. We contacted our friends in the music community - bands that we played with, people who we'd toured with, friends' bands and bands that we were fans of - and the response was overwhelming. Today we're very proud to announce the release of Heavy Hearts, a benefit compilation with all proceeds to be divided between Lenny's bills and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
Released on April 6th, the compilation will feature songs from the likes of The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe, Piggy D (Rob Zombie), Steve Conte & the Crazy Truth, Eureka Machines, Sorry & The Sinatras, The Loyalties, and many more. A lot of artists were kind enough to donate rare or previously unreleased tracks to make this compilation even more special!
The album will be available through the website from 9AM (UK time) on Friday April 6th."
- Rich Jones // Dave Kerr // Scott Sorry
The album's full track list is:
1.The Wildhearts - Inner City Overture (single mix) (previously unreleased)
An unreleased single version of Inner City Overture. The original version can be found on The Wildhearts 2007 self titled release.
2. Piggy D - 1975
Piggy D. The bassist for Rob Zombie has a mouth. And it's a big one!
3. Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth - The Truth Ain't Pretty
The former New York Dolls, current Michael Monroe guitarist/singer/songwriter brings you into "his" New York on his eponymously titled debut. (Varese Sarabande Records) "Genuine rock and roll..." - Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones Producer), "Music to instigate & soundtrack fighting, fucking, speeding, hurling abuse and waking up buck-naked in a stranger's bathroom..." - Classic Rock Magazine (8 stars)
4. The Loyalties - Whole Lotta Hate (previously unreleased)
Demo mix of a previously unreleased song from the forthcoming album & book 'Til The Death Of Rock & Roll'
5. Eureka Machines - The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall
The Eureka Machines' latest album 'Champion The Underdog' was described by SPIN magazine as ' the sweet spot between 10cc and Green Day'. This track is taken from the 'Everyone Loves You' EP.
6. Role Models - Cherry Dear
The ROLE MODELS are a power pop 4 piece based in London. This is off their 12″ vinyl 'FUCK YOU SEE YOU AT THE TALENT SHOW' that was released by Taken by Surprise (Germany). A new album is in the works as well as a solo EP by frontman Rich Rags (who apparently is quite handsome).
7. Smoker & The Rollers - Cut Me Off
Smoker and the Rollers from Philadelphia play raw, ready and rough rock 'n' roll. The three piece line up are Jay Smoker (bass and vox), Micheal "Danger" Dunn (drums and vox), and Ryan Moll (guitar). Check out their debut self-titled release on ITunes and their follow up release in the Summer 2012.
8. The Black Halos - Radio!!
Rare 2001 demo from the upcoming album F.F.T.S. - 1994-2001 on Yeah Right! Records
9. Darlings Of Chelsea - Raise This Flag
Darlings of Chelsea are the amalgamation of Canada's seediest, most guttural rock/punk masterminds. Culled from legendary mainstays including The Black Halos, Kill Cheerleader, Robin Black, Scratching Post, and more, Darlings of Chelsea are a new chapter in the book of Canadian rock n' roll.
10. Skag Barons - Come On
Dirty working class rock & roll from London Ontario. Dan Schultz - Guitar Nevada Brown - Drums Sean Farwell - Bass Kris Pageau - Guitar and Vocals
11. CC Voltage - Radio Generation (previously unreleased)
Previously unreleased demo from the Spitfires bassists solo album A Touch Of Class... Just a Touch.
12. Michael Monroe - Got Blood
Finnish rock'n'roll legend Michael Monroe capped off an amazing 2011 by bagging Classic Rock Magazine's Album Of The year award for Sensory Overdrive, from which this track is taken. Still touring the world in support of the album, expect even bigger things from Michael in 2012!
13. Billy Liar - Is It Me?
Billy Liar is an acoustic folk punk singer from Scotland. He has been touring the UK and Europe relentlessly for the last five years, leading him to be described as 'the town centre wordsmith and backstreet philosopher...who has played more venues than anyone else of his generation - something most of his peers can only gawp at!' Billy's latest EP, It Starts Here, was produced by Acey Slade (Murderdolls/Amen/Trashlight Vision)
14. Sorry & The Sinatras - Valencia (previously unreleased)
A brand-new, previously unreleased song from the upcoming Kings Of Shambles Street EP, coming soon on Bomber Music.
15. Crazy Arm - Tribes/Animals
Crazy Arm set up camp in mid-2006. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, their sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, '60s protest folk/country and classic rock'n'roll, combined with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism. Tribes/Animals is taken from the 2011 album Union City Breath released by Xtra Mile, published by Bomber Music Ltd.
16. Obsessive Compulsive - Virago
'Dreams Of Death and The Death Of Dreams is one of the most exciting rock albums to emerge from the UK in a long, long time. It's time to get obsessed' - Dom Lawson
17. Brijitte West w/ Jesse Malin - How To Be Good
Former NY Loose front woman teams up with solo troubadour and D Generation frontman for a track from her solo debut album 'Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefuls'.
18. Supercharger - Hold It Down
'Supercharger hail from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and feature ex members of Scottish heavyweights The Almighty and Geordie Punk-Poppers Whatever in their lineup. Their sound is a strong cocktail of big fat riffs, catchy melodies and addictive choruses which refuse to exit your head long after the last listen'
19. Thousand Watt Stare - Lights Out
Members of Dee Dee Ramone's band and Unwritten Law team up for this heavy hitter. Their debut album Silver Dimes is out now.
20. Von Hertzen Brothers - 21st Century Schizoid Man
Von Hertzen Brothers had a massive year with their 'Stars Aligned' album shooting to the top of the charts and going gold in their native Finland. They've generously donated their take on King Crimson's classic for this compilation.
21. Texas Terri Bomb - Never Shut Up
Raw, rock & roll from our favourite Texan. Special guest guitar on this track by Wayne Kramer.
Monday, 02 April 2012 16:33
"We really feel these records set the stage for another full year, where we'll see how far we can go with it. We already feel successful because we have the freedom to do what we want. And it's always cosmic. The times demand it." -- CHRIS ROBINSON
In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, CHRIS ROBINSON set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin' soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.
The music of the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD finds its fruition on their studio debut album BIG MOON RITUAL, due out June 4 via Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records, to be followed by companion album THE MAGIC DOOR in September. A CRB tour will be announced shortly.
"Thom and I have wanted to work together for a long time," says Robinson about the album's producer Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Devendra Banhart, Papercuts). "We talked about it at a show in Los Angeles and I told him as we stood behind George's drums, 'This is it (gesturing at stage gear). We're not bringing anything else with us into the studio. This is what brought us here this year, so this is exactly what this is gonna be. We didn't even change strings from the last Cali run [laughs]."
"This music is unashamedly what we're into," says ROBINSON, who cites Neu!, Melanie, Flatt & Scruggs, Mel Tillis and Morton Subotnick as regulars in their van listening. "It's not a psych band because you have a Prince Valiant haircut and wear Beatle boots. It's psych because that's where our heads are. We want to make music that blossoms. We want to make music that sounds cosmic."
For a full year, the CRB road tested their ideas, and in the process turned into an empathetic, limber congregation of talents, something different than any of their previous work with the likes of Phil Lesh & Friends, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals and JJ Grey & Mofro. By the time of their sold-out four-night run at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall last December, the BROTHERHOOD were fully switched-on. This is the band that entered Sunset Sound in Los Angeles in January 2012, setting up shop in Studio B and coming out the other side of a six-day session with 27 different songs with 97 takes, most of it captured straight off-the-floor with only minor enhancements after the fact.
"Part of the master plan was not to do anything besides touring the wheels off the thing for the first go-around, and it worked for us and allowed us to figure out who we were," says ROBINSON. "One of the best things about the lack of a proper music business is if you have an idea, you can do something. If everybody is on the same page, and it's not about the dough on the table, and it's really about something you believe in, then you can get there.
"It's about being boutique," continues ROBINSON. "If before you wanted to have a million people hear what you do, now we're making music the right way for the right people. When we got to these cool sonic spaces we took advantage of them. It was totally the most radical recording session I've ever done, especially in terms of aesthetics."
The complete track listing for BIG MOON RITUAL is:
Star Or Stone
Reflections On A Broken Mirror
Beware, Oh Take Care*
One Hundred Days Of Rain*
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Thom Monahan
- All songs written by Chris Robinson except (*) written by Robinson/Casal
Monday, 02 April 2012 16:26
The New York Times call them 'The Worlds' Leading Synth Band' and now seven times Grammy nominated Tangerine Dream return British shores for a unique one-off UK show as part of their Electric Mandarine Tour 2012 at the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on Sunday 24th June.
Edgar Froese says about the London Show: "Playing London is like being back home. Our fans make it possible for us to realise every musician's dream: making a living out of what you love and do best, playing and composing music. As a thank you we would like to share Tangerine Dream's 45th anniversary (1967 - 2012) with our loyal British fan base. It will be a great show with lots of songs and sounds that our fans grew up with."
Sun 24th June -London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire - 0844 477 2000
Tickets are £45.00 (subject to booking fee) online bookings from http://www.gigsandtours.com/ - credit card bookings from 0844 811 0051.
A legendary instrumental prog rock band characterised by the use of high-end modern technology next to a strong rock'n'roll identity and the pioneers of Krautrock, Tangerine Dream are hard to pigeonhole into any music category. Many have unsuccessfully tried to emulate their trademark sound, but no one could quite nail the secret ingredient of their unique recipe; the way musical layers are structured and finely glued together results in an indescribable musical experience which has always kept them one step ahead of any fashionable trend.
Tangerine Dream have released over 150 albums to date, they have also written scores for several Award winning Hollywood Movies including the Tom Cruise classic, 'Risky Business'; Katherine Bigelow's 'Near Dark' and 'Firestarter' which debuts Drew Barrymore.
Edgar Froese founded Tangerine Dream in autumn 1967 - a prolific period for music worldwide - with a vision to discover new sounds and musical techniques. After more than 40 years and several line-up changes, Edgar is still provocative and challenging in his unique philosophical music universe. A man of few words but with a wry sense of humour, he has shown that music can often reach where words don't.
At a time when electronic instruments were widely misunderstood and an independent music industry was virtually non-existent, Tangerine Dream were the pioneers of a range of new sounds, effects and production techniques. Phaedra, their biggest album, was released in 1974 and went gold in 14 countries, it featured the MOOG modular system as the main sequencing module and is still considered a cornerstone for modern contemporary electronic sounds and sequences. Tangerine Dream have earned themselves the title 'The Pioneers of Modern Sound.'
Tangerine Dreams' reputation, experience and professionalism, together with their record sales, has gained them the freedom to continue challenging traditional platforms and their live shows are unmissable.
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:43
Following the departure of guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr from their ranks at the tail end of last week, Sabaton have wasted no time in announcing the brand new band line-up.
Chris Rörland (Nocturnal Rites) joins as guitarist, as does Thobbe Englund (Winterlong, Raubtier), while Robban Bäck (Baltimoore, Prey) will be the band's new drummer.
The band is currently searching for a keyboard player, but have decided to continue working with Daniel Myrh until they have found an adequate replacement.
"To end all rumors that SABATON will stop touring, or even performing as a band, they are revealing their new line up today:
None of already scheduled shows will be cancelled - the war machine of SABATON will go on just as planned!
The MKII of SABATON is ready for the next chapter..."
SABATON's new album 'Carolous Rex' will be out next month, May 28 via Nuclear Blast.
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:41
Roger Taylor and Brian May have commented on the cancellation of this year's Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth.
The iconic pair were due to headline one day of the festival with American Idol's Adam Lambert replacing the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury.
In a statement Taylor and May revealed that they were looking into the possibilities of putting on their own show in its place.
They said: "We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festivals as we were very much looking forward to performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie.
We apologise for the disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us. We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other venue."
The possibility of a co-headline with the Michelle McManus-fronted Nirvana has not yet been ruled out ;)